Braxton Beverly Cleared by NCAA to Play Immediately

The NCAA did something right! I wrote an article a couple weeks ago ridiculing the NCAA for the way they handled the Braxton Beverly situation. For those that do not know, Beverly originally enrolled at Ohio State when Thad Matta was still the coach. Beverly started taking summer classes, Matta resigned and Beverly looked to transfer. He ended up at NC State, but because he was taking classes in Columbus, was ineligible for this year.

Many people jumped to Beverly’s defense, calling for him to be able to play immediately. The NCAA held there ground however, and denied Beverly’s appeal on two separate occasions. However, thanks to “additional information,” the NCAA reconsidered their decision and granted Beverly his eligibility for the 17-18 season.

“Braxton is absolutely thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to make him immediately eligible to compete for NC State this season,” his attorney, Scott Tompsett, said in a statement. Beverly suited up and was active for tonight’s game versus Bryant. He finished with 2 points on 1-7 shooting, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.

Credit should go to the NCAA in reversing their call. While many will argue the reversal only occurred due to public scrutiny, the fact is that it happened. Whatever the reason behind it was, the NCAA opened their hearts and felt a tiny bit of sympathy for a kid who got thrown a curveball early in his college career.

So for tonight, there’s no NCAA bashing. Instead just happiness that a college freshman gets to play out his dream of playing Division 1 basketball this year.

NCAA Embarrasses Themselves Again: Suspends UH Guard Rob Gray

Opening night in college basketball an exciting night for everyone. Fans, coaches and especially players relish in the feeling of their team taking the court for real, for the first time. After all, you only get one opening night a year, unless you are Houston guard Rob Gray.

Gray, who was the leading scorer in the AAC last season, did not get the same opening night experience his teammates did on Friday. He was suspended one game by the NCAA for playing in a church league basketball game this summer. According to NCAA, Gray’s participation in this game violated their rules. This suspension just further proves the NCAA seems to have no grasp on handling situations of this nature. Don’t worry though, Jay Bilas is making sure everyone knows how dysfunctional they are.

So far this year we have seen a player forced to sit out the year for enrolling in classes early. We have seen a program get away unharmed for players taking fake classes. And now, we have a player suspended for (gasp) playing basketball. Does any of that make sense?

The answer it no, it does not make sense. You can make a case about Braxton Beverly deserving to sit this season after enrolling at one school and transferring to another to try and play. You’d be wrong, but you can make a solid point. You can say UNC is a big money maker so of course they just got a slap on the wrist for making up classes. But how can you justify suspending a player for playing in a rec basketball game?

At this point players should just sit at home all off-season. Don’t practice, don’t study. Heck, don’t eat because you never know where that food came from and who served it to you. The “by the book” mentality that Mark Emmert and the NCAA is adhering to is starting to become a joke, and it’s affecting hard working players.